If you are a non-native speaker of English and need to demonstrate your academic English Language ability ,PTE Academic is the test for you.
The purpose of Pearson Test of English Academic is accurately assess the listening, reading, speaking and writing ability of test takers who want to study at institutions where English is the principal language of instruction.
Pearson Language Test –a division of Pearson ,the world’s leading education company –is responsible for the development of PTE Academic. Test developments professionals involved in producing the test are based in several countries ,including the United States Kingdom and Australia.
PTE Academic assesses all four language skills-listening, reading, speaking and writing. The test will last approximately three hours. This includes an untimed introduction to the test and one optional break of up to 10 minutes. PTE Academic consists of three main parts. You will receive a general introduction to the test. Each part may contain a number of sections. Each section is individually timed. PTE Academic test items are task –based ,representing the range of functions and situations that you will encounter during academic studies in an English Speaking environment. PTE Academic feature 20 different items types, each assessing one language skill or a combination of language skills.
Speaking items type require you to respond orally using fluent speech, correct intonation, stress and pronunciation that are easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language .PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that are understand to most regular speakers of the language. Speaking item types are not timed individually. You can refer to the timer in the upper right –hand corner of the computer screen ,” Section Time Remaining “ which counts down the remaining for the speaking section.
Writing item types require you to write a response in standard academic. English using correct grammar and spelling .PTE Academic recognize English spelling conventions from the United states , the United Kingdom ,Australia and Canada.However.one spelling convention should be used consistently in a given response. The total time to complete the writing sections is 40,50 or 60 minutes, depending on the combination of items in a given test. Writing items types are timed individually. You can refer to the timer in the upper right hand corner of the computer screen, “ Section Time Remaining,” which counts down the time remaining for each time.
Reading item types require you to understand an authentic test from an academic source. Authentic text about academic subjects in the humanities, natural sciences or social sciences are presented. Although you may not to be familiar with the topics presented ,all the information you need to answer the items is contained in the text .Reading item types are not timed individually.
Listening of PTE Academic tests your ability to understand spoken English in an academic environment. It also tests your ability to understand a variety of accents, both native and non-native. Listening item types require you to under stand an audio or video recording of an authentic lecture presentations or dialogue from an academic source.
Here are some key features of PTE Academic exam.• Secure computer-based Exam
|PART OF TEST||TIME ALLOWED||ITEM TYPE|
|PART : 1
SPEAKING & WRITING
|(1 MINUTE)||Personal Introduction|
|(77 – 93 MINUTES)||Read aloud|
|Answer short question|
|Summarize written text|
|PART : 2 READING||( 32- 41 MINUTES)|
|Multiple- choice, choose single answer|
|Multiple- choice, choose multiple answer|
|Re- order paragraphs|
|Reading : Fill in the blanks|
|Reading & Writing : Fill in the blanks|
|PART : 3 LISTENING||(45 – 57 MINUTES)|
|Summarize spoken text|
|Multiple- choice, choose multiple answer|
|Fill in the blanks|
|Highlight correct summary|
|Multiple –choice, choose single answer|
|Select missing word|
|Highlight incorrect word|
|Write from dictation|
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